Patriots Point to unveil a $3 million renovation to the Medal of Honor Museum

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Patriots Point officials alongside leaders from the Medal of Honor Society, will unveil the newly renovated Medal of Honor museum aboard the USS Yorktown on Wednesday.

It’s a $3.5 million renovation that officials say will immerse you into the story of the Medal of Honor and its recipients.

The new changes will include a variety of hands-on exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts.

Before it’s officially unveiled Wednesday, two Medal of Honor recipients will participate in a panel discussion aboard the USS Yorktown beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Two additional Medal of Honor recipients will visit and speak at Summerville High School.

This all leads to the official unveiling Wednesday afternoon as officials say the transformed museum will highlight the core values behind the nation’s highest award for military valor.
Before it’s unveiled, News 2 talked with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society leaders to better understand what to expect when this renovated museum opens for the first time.

“We’re inviting people to interact and learn the stories in context. So not only will you read and learn, but you’re going to experience. You’re going to be in training and do a pull-up, and you’re going to be in Korea in the Cold War and you’re going to experience some of that coldness. It’s all about interacting and connecting with the personal stories of these Medal of Honor heroes that way,” said the Senior Director of Archives, Historical Collections, and Museum, Laura Jowdy.

Once it’s unveiled later on Wednesday, the renovated Medal of Honor museum will be officially open to the public on Saturday, May 25th.